Bruce Campbell confirms Evil Dead remake

Horror icon reveals that new film will not be a sequel to Army of Darkness

Cult icon Bruce Campbell has confirmed that a remake of seminal horror movie The Evil Dead is on the cards.

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The actor, who co-produced the last two Evil Dead movies, confirmed the rumours on Twitter when goaded by a fan, who claimed that they would only believe the rumours of the remake’s existence if Campbell confirmed them.

Confirmation came an hour later, with Campbell tweeting: “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.”

He later clarified that the new Evil Dead film would not be the new sequel fans have been awaiting since 1992’s Army of Darkness: “Good people. My tweet was about remaking Evil Dead – not Evil Dead 4.”

Sam Raimi, the auteur behind the first three Evil Dead movies, will apparently vacate the director’s chair for short film director Federico Alvarez on the new film.

The Evil Dead films have been cult favourites since the first instalment of the series, released in 1981, became a home video hit around the world, with all three films going on to influence a generation of horror film-makers and fans with their fusion of OTT splatter effects and black humour.

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No release date has yet been announced for the new film.